• Adventures,  Expeditions,  How To's,  My Blog

    Rock Scrambling

    Scrambling lies in that grey area between the simplicity of hill walking with the technicality of rock climbing. Basic Guide to Scrambling How to Navigate Scree Loose Scree / friable rock is hair-raising, it makes the scramble tougher mentally Carefully maneuver your boots into the scree, especially effective when it’s just a few inches deep. Engage the front of your boot, securing a stable foothold, and meticulously shift your weight before replicating the process with the other foot. Keep your center of gravity low by slightly bending your knees and leaning forward. This helps you stay stable on shifting surfaces. Moving slowly with shorter, deliberate steps reduces the risk of…

  • Adventures,  Expeditions,  My Blog,  Recovery

    Unsung Heroes  

    Sherpas, guides, and porters stand as the often-overlooked and unsung heroes behind our incredible adventures. Without their unwavering support, achieving our goals would be an almost insurmountable challenge. They bear the weight of crucial equipment and supplies, guaranteeing our sustenance, hydration, and shelter. Moreover, their expert guidance and vigilant presence play an indispensable role in safeguarding us throughout our voyages and adventures. It was a bittersweet, last night, on Mt Everest. We had achieved what we had set out to do – play rugby at altitude. On the Mountain we had seen friends sent home early. Twenty-seven of us arrived at Everest base camp, Tibet on 20th April and only…

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    Kayaking the Great Glen Canoe Trail

    The Great Glen Way gives the adventurous a unique opportunity to paddle from the Atlantic to the North Sea; traverse across the Scottish Highlands from Fort William to Inverness. Myself and four friends took on the multi-day challenge……in single Kayaks.  I’m so proud of my team – we nailed it ! 12th June – 16th June 2023 Mark ‘Ackers’ Ackred  :  Clay Smith  :  Rob Callaway  : Roger Davies : Jon Ingarfield An early morning start on Loch Oich. In the late afternoon we had “Lightning”…. It’s recommended to get ashore and away from the water asap. I agreed, because water will transmit lightning strikes from further away, so the quicker you…

  • Adventures,  How To's

    How to Survive if your Lost or Disoriented in the Wilderness

    Don’t Panic stay Calm; Panic can cloud your judgment, waste your energy, and make you more vulnerable to dangers. Staying calm can help you assess your situation, conserve your resources, and make rational decisions. Firstly – get your head in the right place  Face your fears: challenge your fears S.T.O.P. (Stop- Think – Observe – Plan) Stay put. … Don’t wander!!! Take a good look around; try to pinpoint your location and identify landmarks **Signal for help: Use any means available to attract attention and let rescuers know your location. Shout, blow your Acme survival whistle Flash your mirror to attract attention Look and listen for signs of people Your 3 immediate…

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    Coastal Rowing

    My not so secret tips ‘Before’ Coastal Rowing or More! I strongly suggest enrolling in formal training RYA Courses – (Royal Yachting Assoc.) Useful Practical Skills – best learnt on the Water. #livealifetodiefor #marlowropes #MoreThanMyPast #itsrogerx #RNLI

  • Adventures,  Cancer,  My Blog

    Kayak The English Channel

    BBC . South East Today – Evening News 25.6.2021 – I’m on the Telly!!! On the 3rd February 2021, I completed my chemotherapy treatment for Cancer and rang the Bell. Six months later 3rd August 2021 to celebrate this milestone I paddled a red kayak from Dungeness to Boulogne sporting my “Chemo Curls.” Being featured on the BBC in the South East is a great way to share an inspiring journey with a wider audience. I do my story can provide hope and inspiration to others going through similar challenges. Approaching Boulonge Harbour. Caught by Gendarmerie. After paddling 22.6 miles from Dungeness, a high-speed motorboat with its blue light flashing; crewed by…

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    Sahara Desert

    To me, the Sahara displays an awe-inspiring uniqueness as did the North Pole. They share extremes of contrasts yet alike in so many ways; legend, mystery and raw beauty. Both can and will kill you if you don’t respect them. The Sahara is the largest non-polar desert on our planet; 3,320,000 square miles (8,600,000 square km) If you take the wrong dune and lose your way, you’re in deep do-do, (shit)! A desert is a barren area, defined by averaging less than 10 inches / 25cm of precipitation (rainfall) each year. Clear skies, light wind and dry air helps the air temperature cool off significantly at night.  Insufferable heat during the…

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    “How I Climbed Kilimanjaro Twice, Once with a Metal Knee”

    Kilimanjaro is not to be underestimated; Myself and friends embarked on a huge personal challenge, to climb the highest mountain on the African continent. Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano, rising out of the African plains it is the tallest freestanding mountain in the world 5,895 m (19,341 ft); on the northern border of Tanzania, 200 miles south of the equator. “In 2010, we conquered the Machame Route, and in September 2012, I returned with a total metal knee replacement. Why? To demonstrate its effectiveness. And you know what? It absolutely did!” When we reached the summit, Uhuru Peak by the Rongai Route, when darkness was gradually being replaced by “a…

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    Rugby on Everest 2019

      In April 2019 we trekked in the footsteps of Mallory and Irvine, up the Magic Highway’ to Mt Everest’s Advance Base Camp (ABC3) 6,500m/ 21,000 feet; which is just below the North Col to play two games of Rugby on a glacier. Myself and Lesley, trekked and played alongside, Rugby stars Lee Mears, Ollie Phillips, Shane Williams, Tamara Taylor plus 20 inspirational men and women to help raise more than £250,000 for children with disabilities and facing disadvantage across the UK and Ireland. The Rugby Challenge took place across 24 days; our group battled acclimatisation and altitude to play the World Record for highest ever game  of mixed seven-a-side ‘Touch Rugby’ at Everest…

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    Perils of Ocean Rowing

    The Toby Wallace Atlantic Row – January/February 2016 The Harrowing Realities of Ocean Rowing   It was approaching midnight on the 28th Jan 2016 – I was sitting in my rowing position on the “Toby Wallace”, a light-weight ocean rowing boat; ‘primed and ready for an attempt’ on a world record. Our challenge was to Row across the North Atlantic, setting off from Marina Puerto De Mogan Gran Canaria, 4815Km. / 2992 miles to Port St Charles Barbados faster than anyone before. I was musing !!!!    Rowing the Atlantic seemed a good idea at the time. On reflection !!!!    However the reality, as with much of life, it’s not…